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Lubbock ISD adopts alcohol variance resolution

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - During a special meeting Monday morning, the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees adopted a resolution concerning alcohol variances.

State law requires a 300-feet buffer between churches, schools, or daycare centers and a business that sells alcohol. School leaders say they're not asking city council to tell any store no. However, they'd like variances to only be considered for established businesses.

"We're suggesting that if they were already established within the 300-feet, that we recognize that we need to be a little flexible with those businesses.  We certainly expect for businesses in our community to act responsibly and to take, should the city council approve a variance, take that responsibility very seriously," said Karen Garza, LISD Superintendent.

Lubbock City council members have the final say. City Councilman John Leonard says he is very disappointed. He says the resolution gives vague guidelines and does not come right out and say if the school is in favor or against the alcohol waivers. "By law the city council does make the decision. But what we were hoping for from the trustees, since they are required to be notified, was to get input from them as to whether they prefer the variance be approved or disapproved. So, I'm going to assume they don't have a problem with granting them. It sounds like they are in favor of it. If I'm wrong I hope to hear back from the school board."

The city council scheduled to hear five variance requests on Thursday.

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